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Real/Talk: Glenn Ligon's Re-Membering of Queerness in (Post-)Black Discourse

Real/Talk: Glenn Ligon's Re-Membering of Queerness in (Post-)Black Discourse RobeRt LaRue Real/Talk Glenn Ligon’s Re- Membering of Queerness in (Post-)B lack Discourse And though your joined personal histories are supposed to save you from misunderstandings, they usually cause you to understand all too well what is meant. Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric Within the epigraph that opens this essay, Rankine makes visible the tension, anxiety, and frustration of having to endure microaggressions from an intimate friend. As the narrator mulls over a friend’s assertion that “Americans battle be- tween the ‘historical self ’ and the ‘self self,’” oer ff ing a gross misappropriation of the notion of double- co nsciousness, there is the recognition that eventually these two selves end up colliding, leaving the black individual left to feel, heal from, and make sense of the collision (Rankine 14). The friend’s retreat to history as that which disrupts otherwise congenial present moments in which two people are mostly able to “interact as friends with mutual interest and, for the most part, com- patible personalities,” is symptomatic of a culture of co blindnes lor- s. Defined as an ideology in which both the existence of racism in any form and the significance of race in the daily lives http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Real/Talk: Glenn Ligon's Re-Membering of Queerness in (Post-)Black Discourse

The Comparatist , Volume 42 – Nov 19, 2018

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RobeRt LaRue Real/Talk Glenn Ligon’s Re- Membering of Queerness in (Post-)B lack Discourse And though your joined personal histories are supposed to save you from misunderstandings, they usually cause you to understand all too well what is meant. Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric Within the epigraph that opens this essay, Rankine makes visible the tension, anxiety, and frustration of having to endure microaggressions from an intimate friend. As the narrator mulls over a friend’s assertion that “Americans battle be- tween the ‘historical self ’ and the ‘self self,’” oer ff ing a gross misappropriation of the notion of double- co nsciousness, there is the recognition that eventually these two selves end up colliding, leaving the black individual left to feel, heal from, and make sense of the collision (Rankine 14). The friend’s retreat to history as that which disrupts otherwise congenial present moments in which two people are mostly able to “interact as friends with mutual interest and, for the most part, com- patible personalities,” is symptomatic of a culture of co blindnes lor- s. Defined as an ideology in which both the existence of racism in any form and the significance of race in the daily lives

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Published: Nov 19, 2018

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